Every year, about 6 million students with disabilities between the ages 6 to 21, receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Even though special education is a source of critical services and support for these students, students of color with disabilities still face many obstacles hindering their ability to succeed in school.
Achievement gaps that remain for students of color and special education students have many spectrums. But according to some of the recent studies, researchers believe that socioeconomic inequalities contribute to racial minorities being classified as learning disabled.
For example, let’s look at the graduation data from 2014-15 school year (the most recent year of available federal data).
Over 37,000 students with special needs graduated with a certificate instead of a diploma. And while black and Latino students made up just 45 percent of students who exited the special education system that year, they made up 57 percent of those who received a certificate. White students, on the other hand, were much more likely to leave high school with a traditional diploma.
What these facts reveal is a foundational problem- lack of motivation and understanding towards kids with learning disabilities, layered with systematic racial inequalities and opportunities. The non-white kids population of America who lack the privilege of equitable opportunities are in need of inspiration and motivation.
You can help.
If you care about the lasting diversity and equality for kids with learning disabilities, you're already two steps in.
Underprivileged kids deserve opportunities like their peers. Sometimes, all they need is someone to guide them and share real stories of struggles and success.
Your video will inspire students- especially minorities, those struggling financially, academically or have a learning disability to stay motivated during these trying times, improve confidence, and help them build their future.
Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida, Inc. aims to inform, educate, and help other homeschooling families, namely those of color, in the Central Florida area and around the United States. Given the trying times caused by the spread of COVID-19, students- especially minorities, those struggling academically, financially or have a learning disability (ADHD or on the Autism Spectrum), require motivation and encouragement more than ever. We need you to record a short video talking about your experience or a story to help them stay hopeful and inspired. Your video will be screened to students to inspire them for a brighter future.
Your video will inspire students- especially minorities, those struggling financially, academically or have a learning disability (ADHD or on the Autism Spectrum) to stay motivated during these trying times, improve confidence, and help them build their future.
Step 1- Register
Step 2- Record the story
Step 3- Give us a brief of your story
Step 4- Submit your contribution
Your contribution will be extremely meaningful if you can speak fluent english.
Upload your video to Google drive or Dropbox in one of the following file formats- .mov/.avi/.mp4, and simply send us the link to complete this opportunity
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